Drop Time Chart
There is a time when a fruit matures, a period that a fruit will fall free from the tree and remain palatable to a deer. Some fruits can hold there integrity on the tree and remain palatable even through the freezing and thawing process. The following maturity and drop time chart on the right is a lists for the following fruits that do just that. Drop times can vary depending on your location, bloom time and weather that year, this chart is a very good guideline.
As a general rule of thumb as you take a tree south the drop time will back up a few weeks. This chart is based off of pears blooming in late April to early May and apples blooming in mid May. Abscission is very interesting, a fruit can fully ripen to taste at a given location and yet abscission may not fully occur causing the fruit to hang later.
To view the drop time chart in full size, please click on the image.